View Full Version : [HOW TO - vB4] Customize the look of your modifications options page in adminCP

30 Apr 2012, 17:01
Customizing the look and feel of your modifications options page is quite easy and can be used as a signature look or for advertising. We all know what the default options page looks like:


But with a little creativity you could be on your way to creating a cool customized look. The following image is a style I personally designed and will used for my mods as a 'signature' feel.


To do this, you will be inserting CSS into a settings block. Once you are done with your mod options, add one more setting block. Be sure to choose a unique varname and associate it with your group and product and make the title whatever you'd like. For me, my title is "Custom CSS for this page". Now the fun part. The description block can accept HTML and render it accordingly. Seeing as how our options page is its own page in an iframe, our custom CSS will only affect our options page. Here is what I put in my description block to get my custom signature look.
<style type="text/css">
body { background:#555;color:white; }
a:link, a:visited, a:active { color:white; }
.optiontitle { background:#10a113;color:#FFF;border:none; }
.button { background:#10A113;border:none;color:white;padding:6px 12px;}
.button:hover { background:#057c08; }
.tcat { color:white;background: #111;border:none; }
.tcat a:link, .tcat a:visited, .tcat a:active { color:white; }
.tfoot { background:#111;border:none; }
.alt1 { color:white;background:#333; }
.tborder { border:1px solid #000; -moz-border-radius:3px;-webkit-border-radius:3px;border-radius:3px;-moz-box-shadow: 2px 2px 8px #000;-webkit-box-shadow: 2px 2px 8px #000;box-shadow: 2px 2px 8px #000; }
textarea, .bginput, input.col-c, input.col-i, input.col-g { border:1px solid #000;color:#EEE;background:#444; }
.pagetitle { background:#111;color:white;border:1px solid #000;-moz-box-shadow: 2px 2px 8px #000;-webkit-box-shadow: 2px 2px 8px #000;box-shadow: 2px 2px 8px #000; }

If you are going to use my code as a reference, please be creative and come up with a style of your own. For Option Code just enter whatever, I put a copyright in my block.
Coded/Designed by: KryptoDesigns
Leave everything else default and hit save. Now you can see your custom style come to life. It will take some time with Firebug to get the right classes/IDs for the elements you would like to alter.



Now you are wondering, how am I going to advertise if all I can do is alter CSS? Well, I'll tell you. :) If you add the following CSS:
form#groupForm { margin-top:200px; }
It will create a gap at the top of your options page. You can now set a background image to the body element and display what you'd like. My recommendation would be news about your mod, site etc and to host the image on your site so that if you want to update it for everyone who uses your mod then you can by overwriting the initial file.

Then I changed my original 'body' css declaration to
body { background:url(http://i50.tinypic.com/w0t760.png) no-repeat 50% 32px #555; }

My image was 800px by 200px.


I feel I don't need to say this but I will anyways. Yes, it is possible to embed external files with this method. I would recommend you not doing so, not only to protect the community, but to protect your reputation.

It's a mod, that being said I don't expect everyone who installs my mods to keep checking the mod options page and you should have the same perspective. That being said, make your styling worth it. First impressions are everything. ;)

01 May 2012, 11:36
Clever idea, well done.

01 May 2012, 13:02
thank you for sharing :up:

01 May 2012, 19:18
this is nice and new idea

03 May 2012, 01:52
I like it adds a certain flavor to the pages, thanks for sharing. :)

04 Aug 2012, 17:47
Very nice idea i will do something similiar in all my mods i hope every coder will. It makes vbulletin vivider

27 Oct 2012, 04:50
It's so wonderful
good job :)